The Audi R8 V10 is a supercar that can be used everyday, a rare feat in its league. This asset comes thanks to multiple characteristics of the car and we’ll start with the more obvious ones.
Getting in and out of the car spares you of the usual embarrassment associated with this kind of machines. The generous door openings, the well-balanced seats and the decent ride height each bring a contribution here.
And there’s more to discuss about the last two aforementioned aspects. The seats don’t just offer easy access, but there also pleasant to use, even during long trips. In the Spyder model we drove, they use a special infrared-reflecting leather that allows them to reduce temperature by up to 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit).
As for the adaptive suspension, which uses magnetorheological dampers, the standard mode keeps you isolated from small and moderate road imperfections.
The pleasing visibility adds some piece of mind and here is where the car starts to show a special side, one that reveals a finesse which may not be visible at first glance.
The car can be rather docile if you want it to, despite the explosive performance, which is there both on paper and in the real world.
Even though it has a V10 engine at its center, the Audi R8 doesn’t heat up as most supercars do. The only exception to this is the luggage compartment up front. This area, which, by the way, is limited to 100 liters (3.53 cu. ft.), gets pretty hot during long drives and you’d have no problem using it to bring your coffee up to serving temperature.
The interior space is decent for a compact supercar, but the driver has to push the seat backwards considerably in order to be able to use the footrest. The passenger could also use some extra room for stretching his legs during long trips.
The aforementioned finesse is even showed when the roof is folded. You can play with the roof while on the move, but we preferred to spare a few moments in order to watch the ballet-like movements. And when you want to have the canvas above your head, you’ll thank Audi for using three layers of fabric. The thermal insulation still can’t match that of a folding metal top, but the acoustic one is good.
The final touch is brought by the navigation system. You really wouldn’t expect a car that’s a symbol of German engineering to offer a navigation voice that’s almost sensual in the way it pronounces various destinations, but the R8 does just that. Our guest editor, Sir May B Bach aims to find the woman whom the voice belongs to, but this is another story.Continue reading